Beautiful Evil Winter

Beautiful Evil Winter

by Kelly K. Lavender

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Multi-Award-Winning Russian Suspense

"...The book is difficult to put down, enticing you to read a few more chapters before bed. In the end, the book leaves the reader satisfied, but the story never fully leaves your mind." 5* Review by The US Review of Books

After the USSR collapses, a time reminiscent of the unforgiving gun slinging days of the frontier west, mild-mannered Ethan and fiery Sophia board a plane bound for Russia. They hope to prevail with their homespun plan to secure their son's safe passage to America. What can go wrong? Maybe, an innocent ill fated encounter with the Mafia or maybe, being marked as a target for mob revenge. Perhaps, having to rely on a first-time adoption coordinator to complete the process and shelter them from harm. Honestly, what won't go wrong?

Inspired by a true story, Beautiful Evil Winter triumphs as epic historical fiction about the human capacity for hope, the traumas that shape our lives and the hardships we'll endure for love. Beautiful Evil Winter has earned a list of accolades including an Eric Hoffer Award for "...writing of significant merit" and a Readers' Favorite International Book Award. In stark contrast to Fifty Shades, Beautiful Evil Winter captivates as spine-tingling suspense about the risky yet all-important road to self-actualization and happiness. Beautiful Evil Winter holds special appeal for resilient, smart, resourceful women who rescue themselves and the men who love them.

For mature audiences only. DLSV.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150295810
Publisher: Lightning Storm Literary Press
Publication date: 11/06/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 103,519
File size: 814 KB

About the Author

READERS FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS named Beautiful Evil Winter a 2014 TRIPLE GENRE FINALIST: Fiction-SUSPENSE, Fiction-THRILLER-GENERAL and ROMANCE-SIZZLE! Reader's Favorite contestants include celebrities and New York Times Best-Selling Authors. Beautiful Evil Winter earned more accolades with READERS FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS by securing a place in the Winners' Circle-Fiction Suspense.

So proud that THE ERIC HOFFER AWARDS honored Beautiful Evil Winter by selecting it for the Winners' Circle-Commercial Fiction!! The Hoffer Award honors "...writing of significant merit..."

The NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS chose Beautiful Evil Winter as a New Fiction Finalist!

DAN POYTNER'S GLOBAL EBOOK AWARDS placed Beautiful Evil Winter in the Winners' Circle for FICTION SUSPENSE.

Kelly recently penned her second Award-Winning novel, Plenty. Plenty inspired by Fifty Shades fury and Hunger Games awe.

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Beautiful Evil Winter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Beautiful Evil Winter by Kelly K. Lavender speaks about international adoption and the complications that can arise if it is done from an unsafe country like Russia. Ethan and Sophia go to Russia to adopt a baby boy. When they arrive, they realize that they are the targets of the Russian Mafia. We see the story unfolding with a lot of twists and turns. The story is a revelation of the traumas and hardships we undergo to achieve something in our lives. The story is thrilling and exciting though we find the protagonists holed up in an apartment most of the time. It is a good book for parents who are looking for adopting outside the United States. The story is fast paced and will keep readers glued till the last page. The mix of love, excitement, suspense and a healthy dose of politics make it a compelling story. Readers feel sympathetic towards Sophie and Ethan and it opens your eyes more towards adoptive parents, adoption outside your country, and the violence in Russia. All characters, including Ethan and Sophie, have been portrayed well to make the story great reading. Apart from the story, the book also opens your eyes on the complications that can arise while adopting from a foreign country. The book has a little bit of everything, giving it that emotional edge. Will Sophie and Ethan be freed by the Russian Mafia and will they be able to adopt a baby boy?
sopranoIN More than 1 year ago
Adopting a child is so very frightening in and of itself. Hoping you have done the right thing and traveled all the way to Russia to claim that child, even more so. This book seems so real. I have no real idea what adopting a Russian baby is like. I did a little online research because this book seemed so alive; like someone’s true experience. Even the suspense was written well enough to make you think you were reading someone’s true story. A definite compliment to the author. This is however, a fiction story of a couple wanting a child so badly that they will do almost anything they are told to be able to adopt this child and take it home to the States. There are many bumps in the road along the way. With no surprise, the experience has an effect on their relationship. There were some characters in Lavendar’s book I liked and some I didn’t but then I think that is the sign of an author being very good at character description and development. When Natasha, their caretaker, insists they must stay in the apartment for their safety, the author’s description of their time and the discomfort even had me feeling the same anxiety. I had decided that I was going to describe this as a long book but I don’t think that is a correct description. I realized that the tense and suspenseful moments were written so well that the book was not long but rather I was uncomfortable wanting to solve those problems the family had to endure. Another sign of good writing. Definitely a book to read or put on your wish list. **This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Evil Winter is a pretty good suspense filled novel set in Russia. Sophie and Ethan go on quite of an adventure that they did not expect. I thought those two were a great pair. There were a few twists and turns I did not see coming. There are a few things that will cause a reader to think about the situations. I give this book 4 1/2 stars and would like to read more by this author in the future. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100 percent my own honest opinion.